Wayne Robinson buys 247 Broad St., former Ginger’s location: We had a pretty big clue when we saw restaurant owner/developer Wayne Robinson had pulled a permit to remove the awning at 247 Broad St. That will just be the start. Robinson says he’s closed on the building purchase and will add lofts on the second story while saving the ground floor for a restaurant or other retail. “It’s the prettiest building on Broad,” says Robinson and while he might get some debate, he’s pretty much on target. For one, the building has windows lining Third Avenue all the way back to Tribune Street, affording great views of Town Green, The Forum and the Oostanaula River. It also is one of the most visible buildings downtown as you come down Broad or make the turn at Third Avenue for the parking deck, The Forum or other neighborhood businesses. Plus: It’s in the red-hot 200 block across from the history museum and from Ira Levy’s The Lofts condominium project that gets under way soon. Robinson says his lofts will be very similar to what Greg Sumner has done with The Griffin on the other end of the 200 block. The Griffin, by the way, is at 100 percent capacity — quite an accomplishment for a (kind of) new project in downtown Rome. Leasing is through Hardy Realty.
More from the permits basket:
- Larry Martin sought a permit for $7,900 to redo the rear entrance at 201 Broad St. (Magretta Hall, most recently J.R. Cricket’s).
- Q Nails sought a $30,000 remodel at 2770 Martha Berry (Mount Berry Mall)
Business calendar from the Rome-Floyd Chamber: